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A good writer is a good thief

I don’t know anyone who considers themself a writer and does not like to read. As writers, we learn the power of words by first feeling their effects on us at the hand of another. But reading for pleasure is very different than reading with the critical eye of a writer. We are always moved […]

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Reading and Writing Recursively

When I write, I often spend most of my time rewriting sentences that are already on the page.  I will write a few sentences very quickly and then go back over them, changing around the sentence construction and the word choice, adding, removing, and substituting, searching for the perfect words in the perfect order that […]

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Intimidation: Getting over your fear of writing

A friend of mine is currently applying to MFA programs for Poetry.  To prepare for his graduate applications and experience, he has begun reading faculty writing. He is applying to six schools, and each school has several poetry professors, which means a lot of reading, if he plans to read all of their published work. […]

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Finding My Rainbow Connection: the Creative Writer, the Academic Writer, and Me

  As a writer and a reader, I wear two very different, very fabulous hats: I am an academic writer and a creative writer. As anyone who lives in both world knows, those types of writing tend to be quite different from each other. As an academic writer, my goal is to inform and to […]

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Can effective writing be entertaining?

When I was young, I loved arguing. I was never a child who threw tantrums in stores. Instead, I would thoroughly work over my mother with a series of logical arguments on why I just absolutely had to own whatever new toy I had my eye on.   I already had pre-crafted counterarguments for every protest […]

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Words of Wisdom Right from the Source

Many writers read and analyze the words of great literature, but just recently, I found that noticing the techniques of peers, students, and workshops participants can be just as valuable. As a writing consultant, first-year writing professor, and writing workshop leader, I actually have more contact with the words, sentences, paragraphs, and essays of blossoming […]

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Reading as a Writer; or, How I learned to Sell Satan a Timeshare

During my undergraduate career, I took a class called “Reading Poetry as Writers.” It’s funny to think of my time as an undergraduate as a career –– it was more of a time of careening and carousal, lessons learned on a poorly constructed Cartesian carousel –– nonetheless, (“nonetheless” is my favorite word) that’s what we […]

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Breaking It Down to Start It Up

 In college, I considered myself a good writer. I got mostly high Bs on papers, and I could come up with ideas quickly without much struggle. It wasn’t until I took a poetry class, however, that I really learned how to be a stronger writer. It didn’t happen through more writing, though. What my poetry […]

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“I’ll Take That!”: The Writer Who Reads

One of the most exciting parts of attending any event as an adult is the recognition that sponsors are giving away freebies. As an adult, you frequently need to shell out money for water, shoes, cheesecake, taxes, and everything in between, so getting something for free is pretty darn cool. Most times, I’ll accept free […]

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